12 Things You Didn't Know About Hank Pym, The Original Ant-Man
Many viewers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films got their first dose of Ant-Man on screen in the 2015 film Ant-Man. However, for many comic book readers, the character has been a part of the Marvel Comics universe since the 1960s. First appearing in the anthology Tales to Astonish #27 as Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, readers learned about his story in "The Man in the Ant Hill." From there, the character reappeared in "Return of the Ant-Man" in Tales to Astonish #35 as Ant-Man.
Pym appeared in the series along with the Wasp in Tales to Astonish #44. And they both became members of the Avengers in The Avengers #1. Pym's history in the comics has been plagued with mental illness and instability, self-esteem issues, multiple personas, and an infamous instance of abuse. Learn more about the complicated comic history of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym.
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He Is Responsible For Creating The Wasp
Pym's early experimentation leads him to create the Pym Particles which facilitate his ability to shrink and restore his height again. This discovery leads to his development of the Ant-Man persona in the first place. However, he also assists Janet van Dyne in becoming a superhero. She approaches him after her father (and friend of Pym), Dr. Vernon van Dyne, has been slain. Begging for help with avenging him, he eventually agrees to help her and provides her with her own Pym-powered wings. She takes on the persona of the Wasp and, with Pym, tracks down and banishes her father's slayer.
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He Suffered From Numerous Mental Breakdowns
Pym's mental instability has plagued him for years and has led to his irrational behavior in many situations. He often copes with his lost sense of self by creating multiple personas, some of which he is not even aware of. His first mental breakdown is caused by the passing of his first wife, Maria Trovaya, after he finds out she was slain. Since that event, his breakdowns have been triggered by times of extreme stress. In some of these moments, he creates a new persona to deal with his issues temporarily. Then, he switches back to Ant-Man or one of his other monikers.
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He Created Ultron
Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe places the fault of the development of Ultron on Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, Pym is actually to blame for his creation in the comics. During his experimentation with creating artificial intelligence, he designs the first Ultron model, Ultron-1. He designs the robot to have thought patterns similar to his. Unfortunately, that level of intelligence leads him to become a sentient being. He soon escapes from Pym and begins his career as a major Marvel supervillain.
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He Was Kicked Out Of The Avengers For Hitting His Wife
Despite being a superhero, Pym has made some morally dubious choices during his career. However, hitting his wife is one thing he has never recovered from. After being accused of striking a captured enemy, Pym gets suspended from the Avengers by Captain America. In an effort to clear his name, he invents a robot that he plans to fight the Avengers with. However, he designs it so he knows where the weak point is so he can triumphantly defeat the enemy and save the day.
The Wasp discovers his plan and threatens to reveal the truth. In his anger, he slaps his wife across the face in Avengers #213. Although writer Jim Shooter originally intended the slap to be an accident, the final artwork depicted an intentional strike. The character's actions lead to him being court-martialed from the team and van Dyne divorces him.
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He Once Took On The Identity Of The Wasp
Hank Pym's decision to take on the persona of his wife came from a place of pain. At the time, Janet van Dyne was believed to have been slain during the Secret Invasion arc in 2008. Devastated by the loss, he decides to take on her moniker in tribute to her. He asks to be called the Wasp and creates a Wasp-inspired uniform. With his new identity in place, he creates and serves as the leader of the Mighty Avengers. However, once he creates Avengers Academy, a place for kids to learn how to use their powers, he decides to return to his persona of Giant-Man in Avengers Academy #7. Since then, he has returned to the identity on occasion.
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He Was A Founding Member Of The Avengers
When fans were introduced to the Avengers in The Avengers #1 in 1963, they were all working separately with Ant-Man and Wasp working as a duo. While attempting to contact the Fantastic Four, Rick Jones accidentally contacted the heroes instead. They arrived at the same time, and together, they defeated Loki. After the fight, the Wasp suggested that they form a team. By the end of the comic, the original Avengers team had been formed with Ant-Man, the Wasp, Thor, the Hulk, and Iron Man.